Steve Clevenger emerged from the Mariners’ disabled list as well as from under a rock Thursday to tweet his contempt for a serious public issue in a way that brands him a racist and makes him a candidate for a rapid departure from the club.
The backup catcher, who had just 76 plate appearances before going on the disabled list in late June with a broken bone in his hand, published tweets that attacked the people and circumstances surrounding the shooting death this week of an African American, Keith Lamont Scott, by police in Charlotte, N.C.
The episode provoked a national uproar as well as the death of another person the next night during a protest demonstration in Charlotte.
Clevenger’s tweets were distributed via another Twitter account that used screen capture after Clevenger’s account was closed:
look at this asshole pic.twitter.com/bzOstVrLHl
— #blacklivesmatter (@cablebox666) September 22, 2016
After the tweets were widely distributed, the Mariners issued a statement Thursday afternoon condemning Clevenger’s tweets:
“The Seattle Mariners are very disappointed at the tweets posted on Steve Clevenger’s account. While he is certainly free to express himself, his tweets do not in any way represent the opinions of the Seattle Mariners. We strongly disagree with the language and tone of his comments.
“We are currently examining all internal options that are available to us as we determine appropriate next steps. We will have no further comment at this time.”
Clevenger was acquired in a trade in the off-season with Baltimore for Mark Trumbo, who leads MLB in home runs. The deal was done by general manager Jerry Dipoto mostly as a salary dump, but now has turned into a dumpster fire for the Mariners.
The website Lookout Landing reported that the Mariners held a public Social Media Night Friday, during which Dipoto said the team has a preseason workshop on what is expected for players who choose to use social media, with the reminder that they are a reflection of the Seattle Mariners organization.